Week Ending January 10, 2022

Exploring hepatitis C virus testing and treatment engagement over time in Melbourne, Australia: a study protocol for a longitudinal cohort study (EC-Experience Cohort study)
“The advent of direct acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) means the elimination of HCV is possible but requires sustained effort to achieve. Between 2016 and 2019, 44% of those living with HCV were treated in Australia. However, treatment uptake has declined significantly.”

Syringe programs help stop disease — and save Delaware lives and money | Opinion
“2021 was been tough and unforgiving. Almost everyone has a survival story to share. Some are not so lucky — lives lost to COVID-19, suicide, and substance abuse are all part of our current reality. The pandemic brings related stress and fear that we all must manage. For us at Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, we help others navigate this additional stress while they battle their addictions.”

The contribution of unstable housing to HIV and hepatitis C virus transmission among people who inject drugs globally, regionally, and at country level: a modelling study
“A considerable proportion of people who inject drugs are unstably housed. Although unstable housing is associated with HIV and HCV infection among people who inject drugs, its contribution to transmission is unknown. We estimated the global and national proportions of incident HIV and HCV infections among people who inject drugs attributed to housing instability from 2020 to 2029.”

How New York City Plans to End Viral Hepatitis by 2030
“More than 300,000 people in New York City are living with hepatitis C or hepatitis B (or both), according to 2017 estimates. But a new strategy released by city health officials may help drastically reduce that figure. Last week, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) released the Plan to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis as a Major Public Health Threat in New York City by 2030.”

Microwave ablation performed to treat liver cancer
“The treatment, microwave ablation of the tumor, uses microwave energy (same energy used in microwave oven) to destroy the cancer. It was delivered through a needle inserted into the tumor. The entire duration of the treatment was 30 minutes and the patient was discharged in two days.”